Thursday, April 7, 2016

Where are the leaders?

There are so many people of influence in our world, Jesus,
Those with loud voices and deep pockets,
those with large lives and wide networks.
But, where are the leaders?

As we struggle to keep our broken humanity
from splintering into countless irreparable fragments;
As we wrestle with our greed and arrogance,
our ignorance and short-sightedness,
our violence and coldness,
our carelessness and narcissism,
Where are the leaders?

Raise up for us, O God, leaders worthy of the name,
men and women who like Christ
are unafraid of challenge,
unashamed of serving,
and unattached to their own personal gain;
men and women who like Christ
call to the best within us,
and then lead the way.

And, in our own small spheres, God,
may we be the leaders we seek.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NZ Methodist Deacons meeting in Convocation

The Methodist Deacons in New Zealand are meeting for Convocation from 8-10th April, at Whangarei, about 2 hours north of Auckland. I have previously added information on the blogsite, which provides an update about what is happening in diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church of NZ. And here is information about three Methodist Deacons in NZ - Deacons Lorna Goodwin, Richard Williams and Rachel Tregurtha. I'd encourage you to read the information, and to remember the Deacons in your prayers as they meet for Convocation.
Deacon Lorna Goodwin
Deacon Margaret Birtles

Deacon Rachel Tregurtha

Deacon Richard Williams